Wilhelmus à Brakel – An Unqualified vs. a Qualified Minister

21 Jun
Wilhelmus a Brakel 1

1635-1711. Dutch Reformed Pastor in the Netherlands.

An unqualified minister is the most despicable and harmful creature to be found in the world. He is a disgrace to the church, a stumbling block whereby many fall into eternal perdition, and the cause of the damnation of many souls. A faithful servant of Christ, on the contrary, is an ornament in the house of his God, a light upon a candlestick, a city upon a hill, a leader of the blind, a terror to the ungodly, a joy to the godly, a comforter for the sorrowful, a counselor for those who are perplexed, and a guide for believers on the way to heaven. His life generally is of short duration, during which his preaching reaches but a few and he himself is consumed while illuminating others. The loss of a minister who is endowed with grace is inestimable.



~Wilhelmus à Brakel~





The Christian’s Reasonable Service, ed. Joel R. Beeke, trans. Bartel Elshout, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 1992), cxiii–cxiv.

Books by Wilhelmus à Brakel

Kindle Books

à Brakel’s Works on Logos Bible Software

More à Brakel Quotes at The Old Guys

3 Responses to “Wilhelmus à Brakel – An Unqualified vs. a Qualified Minister”

  1. mydelightandmycounsellors June 21, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  2. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert June 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    ‘Mine the mighty ordination of the pierced-hands’! (Hymn)

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